CopperCon 31: Sci-fi literary gathering, and more

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Kitty's Greatest Hits by Carrie VaughnWe’re just a month out now from CopperCon 31, the Arizona science fiction and fantasy convention planned for Sept. 2-5 at Avondale’s Hilton Garden Inn.

Pre-registration ends Aug. 15; membership is $40 through then, with ages 7-12 half price and children 6 and younger admitted free. At the door, prices will be higher — and cash-only. It’s also worth noting that room blocks for the hotel close Aug. 12.

Organized by the Central Arizona Speculative Fiction Society (CASFS), CopperCon is among the Valley’s longest-running literary gatherings. Guests include fan guest M. R. “Hilde” Hildebrand, a longtime conventioneer across the West; author guest of honor Carrie Vaughan (the Kitty Norville series, Voices of Dragons, Discord’s Apple); and local author Janni Lee Simner (Bones of Faerie, Thief Eyes, Secret of the Three Treasures). Among the many, many panelists is Nerdvana contributor Lee Whiteside, a human epicenter of Arizona fandom, as well as Aprilynne Pike, the New York Times bestselling author of Wings, Spells and Illusions.

At the convention, book donations will be collected for distribution to homeless children. If you don’t have any kids’ books, fear not: Any adult fiction title that is donated will be exchanged with a local bookseller partner for an appropriate children’s title. How awesome is that? Previously announced, there will be a rare book auction benefiting Literacy Volunteers of Maricopa County.

Other activities include steampunk discussions and costuming, Victorian astronomy, writers workshops, comic book art portfolio evaluations, a Danse Macabre and, of course, a dash of filk. Just for kids, there will be science experiments and two days of Pokemon roleplaying. Dozens of panels cover topics from the new Star Trek movie to zombie survival and biofuel science.

And, what would a con experience be without the dealer room?

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